The Matchmaking Circle: a New Social Club to Empower Single Women Over 35

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The Matchmaking Circle is an exclusive social club for women focusing on friendship, fun and the joys of being single while searching for a special man. The Matchmaking Circle provides a positive and cooperative environment that enriches women's lives through education on dating trends and matchmaking for each other and social activities. Female members develop close friendships with other women, meet "girlfriend-approved" men, learn about how to improve the quality of their single life on the road to their happily ever after.

The Matchmaking Circle is an exclusive social club for women focusing on friendship, fun and the joys of being single while searching for a special man.

The Matchmaking Circle provides a positive and cooperative environment that enriches women's lives through education on dating trends and matchmaking for each other and social activities.
Female members develop close friendships with other women, meet "girlfriend-approved" men, learn about how to improve the quality of their single life on the road to their happily ever after.

Women who marry share two critical "life factors" which aided their relationship success:

  • having a network of at least seven, single female friends who are willing to help them meet men
  • making an effort to engage in social activities twice a week or more

As they age, many single women find these "life factors" more and more challenging because their girlfriends marry and shift their priorities. While married girlfriends replace "single-oriented" social endeavors with "family-oriented" ones, the single woman's network decreases and with that, her social opportunities.

The Matchmaking Circle changes the dating world as we know it:

  • Providing an instant network of other single women, filling their calendars with appealing social events, while educating and coaching them on dating etiquette and empowering their spirits.
  • Teaching women how to match each other with "girlfriend-approved" men.

The concept for the Matchmaking Circle grew out of a desire by two Certified Matchmakers from Ohio, Susie Hardesty and Elizabeth Cobey-Piper, to help successful, professional women ages 35 and over who have difficulty making successful matches on their own.

After meeting numerous potential clients who were bright, attractive and successful but found it challenging to meet eligible men, Susie and Elizabeth were at their wit's end on how to help these women who had everything going for them but a satisfying personal life.

While reading the insightful book Why Men Marry Some Women and Not Others by John T. Malloy, Susie and Elizabeth came across this revealing fact: 90 percent of women who marry say that they have at least 7 single female friends who are willing to help them meet men.

Through countless brainstorming sessions, Susie and Elizabeth came up with the idea of the Matchmaking Circle. "When people are proactive and intentional," Elizabeth says, "amazing thing can happen."

The Matchmaking Circle provides a much-needed outlet for women to share their experiences and hopes for the future.

"It worked out better than we hoped," Susie says of the Matchmaking Circle. "We were training women to be matchmakers." Within a year, over half of the women in the Matchmaking Circle are involved in a fulfilling relationship. Quite simply, "it works," says Elizabeth.

With 28 million single women but just 18 million single men and over the age of 35 in the U.S. population, according to the 2000 Census, the Matchmaking Circle is an idea whose time has come.

Calling all single women over 35, like Rhonda and many others, to join a local circle!

"As I joined the Matchmaking Circle, I soon learned that we were all coming together for a common bond...enjoying and growing in our lives and our sisterhood.

"This unique group of women is taking the time to learn not just the qualities of each other, but the inner core and essence of each member of the Matchmaking Circle. In the safety of the group, we all feel able to take off the armor we have developed in life and just be our true selves. This allows us to have an amazing journey of self realization. We are forming friendships and bonds that may last a lifetime. First and foremost, we have fun! We socialize and go to dinner, happy hours, movies and even ball games. The Matchmaking Circle has great educational programs like tele-seminars from national experts, dating and life coaches, and even chefs teaching you how to cook for a date. I have friends that know me and are truly interested in finding me the perfect partner for my needs. And I have developed a support network that is always there for me. We laugh together, and we can cry together. We can have aha moments, and we can offer advice to each other based on our own life situations. It's as if you are the garden and the members are all cultivating you as the prize winning rose.

"The Matchmaking Circle is fun, educational, supportive and at times can even be life changing. I am glad I took the time to find out what makes this such a great group."

Matchmaking Circles already opened in Northern and Southern California, Ohio, and New York. 20 are scheduled to open by this summer. If you're interested in opening a Matchmaking Circle in your area, apply to become a Local Matchmaking Circle Director.

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